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 John Lewis Barkley

John Lewis Barkley

Birth
Blairstown, Henry County, Missouri, USA
Death 14 Apr 1966 (aged 70)
Burial Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 6403314 · View Source
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World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during World War I in the United States Army as a Private First Class, in Company K, 4th Infantry, 3rd Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Cunel, France on October 7, 1918. His citation reads "Pfc. Barkley, who was stationed in an observation post half a kilometer from the German line, on his own initiative repaired a captured enemy machinegun and mounted it in a disabled French tank near his post. Shortly afterward, when the enemy launched a counterattack against our forces, Pfc. Barkley got into the tank, waited under the hostile barrage until the enemy line was abreast of him and then opened fire, completely breaking up the counterattack and killing and wounding a large number of the enemy. Five minutes later an enemy 77-millimeter gun opened fire on the tank pointblank. One shell struck the drive wheel of the tank, but this soldier nevertheless remained in the tank and after the barrage ceased broke up a second enemy counterattack, thereby enabling our forces to gain and hold Hill 25". His Medal was awarded to him in 1919.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 6403314
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Lewis Barkley (28 Aug 1895–14 Apr 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6403314, citing Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .